I bought a book in which most of the pages are filled with words as opposed to pictures

But there’s still some pictures.

Ever since I’ve returned to the US I’ve developed something of a shopping list of US releases that need to get picked up at one point or another. However, since I’m already under a backlog of DVDs and manga, these purchases are not of any high priority. That said, there is one thing I’ve been looking to purchase with a great amount of anticipation, and that is the US release of the Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu novel. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find neither the normal people version nor the otakukusai version anywhere I’ve looked. Until today, that is. While killing time in Borders, for some mystical, cosmic reason both the normal version and the cool dude version were just sitting there on the shelf. I of course bought the cool dude version without a second thought.

Boston isn’t Tokyo, so I can’t just hop on the train and be in Akiba in 30 minutes. Can’t do that here. I do however make the rounds of local bookstores and such to scout what’s out on the market, and it would seem that Yen Press is trying its hardest to weasel its way into my wallet, along with companies like Seven Seas (well, I actually just want Dance In The Vampire Bund) and–for ultimate contrast–Dark Horse and Viz Signature.

However, fresh out of Japan, American manga is just too fucking expensive. I’m really not ready to drop 10 dollars per volume on a series that isn’t even finished running in Japan, let alone the US. I did however get to the end of Trigun Maximum though… more on that in a later post, maybe.

Despite that whining, however, I able to drop 15 bucks on that Haruhi book with little hesitation, but that’s mostly due to this 20 dollar rebate card I got after buying some RAM for my laptop…

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7 Responses to I bought a book in which most of the pages are filled with words as opposed to pictures

  1. DS says:

    I didn’t even know there was a cool people version when I got the normal one. Then I saw it later. Now I want the cool one!!!

  2. saru says:

    I got mine for 10 dollars on amazon, translation is pretty good compared the Japanese one; the Japanese one I got a while before this one is so small, pocket sized. Little Brown/Yen Press decision to release a softcover one was….LOL

  3. DiGiKerot says:

    Of course, it appears that copies of the second book are now hitting stores…

  4. Yoneda says:

    I can’t find a second version on Amazon, so I feel kind of left out. What’s the difference?

  5. DiGiKerot says:

    There’s a paper/softback edition and a hardback edition. The hardback, as in WAH’s picture, has the art from the Japanese release on the front and, well, a hardback cover.

    The paper back, on the other hand, is designed to appeal a little more to the non-otaku crowd, and has a rather less interesting cover, and is cheaper.

    The contents for both prints is the same – literally, it’s the same pages simply bound differently. The paper quality for the hardback is actually kind of disappointing given the cost.

  6. Avid Elite says:

    WHERE did you get the Strike Witches hat?! I must have it!

  7. Bob Kipling says:

    I’m with Kona-chan on this… I only picked one up to look at the pictures. There’s too much damn nonfiction (e.g. college) to not see moé with every page.

    Hmm, “Moé in every page!” Might sell something or other.